Inspired by a new video from visually impaired artist Lorne Marin (his first moving-image work in over 30 years), this program envisions the act of film/video-making as an attempt to trace that which can no longer be seen. These artists explore the image’s transformation as it passes from the immediacy of seeing to the cages of memory, manipulating materials in ways that directly or indirectly evoke an array of perceptual aberrations. From common chemical reactions to encroaching blindness, these interferences remind us of the lamentable fragility of our sight. But they also reinforce the mind’s ability to capture fleeting visions that, though long lost, may never be forgotten.
Frenkel Defects is an intermittent exploration of imperfection, documented through celluloid-based creations by artists in independent laboratories worldwide. In this second edition 16mm short films are presented from different groups and organizations in the United States such as Double Negative, Process Reversal, LOMA, among others.